May 27 29, 2005. "That was a hot race!" said Chris Buncombe after the FIA GT race at Imola earlier this afternoon. Due to the very high ambient heat, it was a race of stamina for the cars, their tyres and all the drivers. "I am actually pleased...
May 27 29, 2005. "That was a hot race!" said Chris Buncombe after the FIA GT race at Imola earlier this afternoon. Due to the very high ambient heat, it was a race of stamina for the cars, their tyres and all the drivers.
"I am actually pleased we achieved a 5th place finish given that the gear lever had broken just before I took over the car for the second stint. This resulted in our car losing 'Power Shift', so we had to lift off on each up shift resulting in a loss of top end performance. Our car also had to serve a drive through penalty -- that lost us places too, otherwise I am sure we were on for a podium!" Chris explained.
The No 16 JMB Racing Maserati MC 12 GT1 had started the race from 3rd position on the grid, and followed a three pit stop strategy. Fuel consumption was predicted to be critical at this difficult historic circuit, and this was proved when rival cars on a two pit stop strategy found their fuel loading critically marginal for the last couple of laps.
Philipp Peter started the race and handed over to Chris Buncombe who maintained a competitive 2nd place behind the GLPK Carsport Corvette which had been the pole setter and was the eventual race victor.
"I was gaining on the lead Corvette before I was obliged to execute the drive through penalty" Chris said.
"I handed the car back to Philipp after the second pit stop and Roman Rusinov drove the last stint" he added.
"Even with a broken gear lever we had a really competitive package today. That is a tribute to the JMB Racing Team, the Maserati MC 12 GT1, our Pirelli tyres and all our Sponsors and supporters! "